Minneapolis Breakfast Club Newsletter November 14, 2018
Earl birds today were the usual suspects. Nice to see Dave Mitchell this week.
President Tony Rubin started us off with a ring of the bell, a moment of silence, and a story about a job applicant.
Guests: Adam Oknich, an industrial engineer, was brought by Jerry Olson. Sarah Kowal, public speaker and Biz Hacker, and Elvis Rivera of Merrill Lynch were also in attendance.
Honorary Members: Russ Bremner, Ron Britz, Tom Donnelly, and Mark Simon were here today.
- The 2019 Craft Talk Schedule is available for signup. Let Craig Blixrud know your date preference.
- There is a board meeting next week.
- Directory updates will begin next week and also plan on having an ad in the directory.
- Peter Eaton of B2B had a abalation procedure and is doing fine.
- The club is looking for new members in the areas of personnel insurance, business insurance, and employee benefit programs.
- Dave Goodwyne, Club VP, is looking for candidates to serve on the board and/or our next club president after him.
- A shout out to Tony Rubin and Bob Alexander who are working hard to drive enthusiasm to the club with notes to table mates and emails to club members.
- Lastly, Dick Nelson mentioned that Don Nelson of Boyer Ford, a past member, had died. I thought Dick Anderson was the only one reading the obituaries.
Business Networking: Need employees, referrals for business services, etc, Bring them up at the club.
Business Exchange: Jim Christianson started us off and was followed by Bob Alexander, Tom Ashbaugh, Paul Ralles, Dave Mitchell, and Tony Rubin.
Business Updates: None Today
Table Introductions: Tale #4 was introduced by Dave Mitchell with a theme of what are your Thanksgiving plans.
Sock Challenge: Karen Holtmeier won in spite of all the lobbying by Dave Mitchell for his hunting/fishing grey socks.
Pot of Gold: Dick Nelson drew 5 cards and Julius Webster won the pot of gold.
Tony Rubin introduced out guest speaker for the day, Jessica Docken of GO intellectual Capital.
Jessica spoke on the top 5 human resource pitfalls and how to avoid them in small businesses.
The top 5 are:
- Employee lawsuits (avg of $500k per suit)
- EEOC violations (avg of $40k settlement)
- Wage and hours issues (avg of $1,964 in settlement)
- I-9 citizenship violations ($216- $2,156 per violation)
- Failure to post Labor signs (fines of $110 each)
The top 5 remedies to handle your HR issues are
- Fake it (ignorance is no defense however)
- Make Bob do it (untrained staff don’t know the laws/regulations)
- Under hire (on the job training could leave you at risk)
- Over hire (not enough interesting work to keep an experienced professional engaged)
- Hire a company that provides on-demand HR services!
Register to Tony Rubin at firstname.lastname@example.org or 612-340-4589.
November 21 is Lindskoog Florists. Bring you checkbook for purchasing table centerpieces.
November 28 will be Boulay.